Nets Insider: LeBron disses Net fans

By on October 29, 2013
 LeBron James doesn't think facing Paul Pierce (r.) will be as intense as before because Nets fans lack the passion. 

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LeBron James doesn’t think facing Paul Pierce (r.) will be as intense as before because Nets fans lack the passion. 

The key components on Boston’s side of the Celtics-Heat rivalry now wear Nets jerseys but that doesn’t mean the blossoming rivalry between Brooklyn and Miami is going to have the same passion and intensity. At least that’s what Lebron James says.

James was asked by if the hatred of Boston got traded to the Nets along with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. His answer: “No.”


And the reason, he said, is the Nets’ fan base. “With the Boston rivalry, not only were you playing against those guys, you were playing against their fans, too,” the Heat star said. “And there are not too many fans that can compete with Boston. Probably the Palace of Auburn Hills when it was rocking, as far as animosity or hatred.

Brooklyn doesn’t have that. Obviously, they have great fans, but Boston has that hatred. You kind of inherit not only going against those guys, but you inherit going against those fans as well.”

Deron Williams had a scheduled day of rest on Monday as he works back from an ankle injury. … Paul Pierce (toe) didn’t practice on Monday. Neither did Shaun Livingston, who had a stiff neck. . . . Jason Kidd will be at the shootaround Wednesday even though he is suspended from coaching that night’s game because of a DUI. He said he does not plan to be in contact with Lawrence Frank, who will be filling in, during the game. He will not be at the arena and will watch with a friend.

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